Children of Eden @ The Union Theatre

Photo by Scott Rylander

Photo by Scott Rylander

The 70s were a hotbed for edgy takes on musical theatre so it’s remarkable that some of the shows that have lingered with us the longest share a common source – the bible. From the Lloyd Webber one two punch of the twee Joseph and the ballsy rocking Jesus Christ Superstar to Stephen Schwartz’s series of parables Godspell. It’s even stranger then when I realise Children of Eden is from 1991 as it shares so much with its predecessor. Continue reading

WATCH: The RSC present their trailer for Cymbeline

Cymbeline_PosterI was lucky enough to see the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of Cymbeline in Stratford back in May and, for a play that has always seemed troublesome, it made for incredibly engaging viewing in large part due to a stunning cast of performers and a fascinating setting. Check out the trailer here and then go see it for yourself, it transfers to the Barbican later this year. Continue reading

Casting Galore!

RAGTIME Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise CombeIt’s a casting announcement mega day, with news released today on the performers who will bring some of the most exciting shows for Autumn to life! We’ve captured three of our favourites in one place for you below, so find out who will star in Ragtime, Moby Dick and The Greater Game. Continue reading

Cheap Seats chat with Michael Strassen

michaelstrassenThe glitz and glamour of London theatre may appear to be in a bunch of beautiful buildings between The Strand and Oxford Street, but for me the most exciting and intriguing work goes on south of the river with Southwark Playhouse and the Union Theatre being focal points for new, exciting and impactful pieces. As such, I wanted the first interview on the site to be someone who is a key figure in this traditional theatre heartland (after all, Shakespeare himself lived in Southwark for a time).
Michael Strassen is synonymous with exciting, engaging and high quality productions at the Union and after being blown away The Fix I couldn’t wait to give him a call and chat about the past, the future… and the one show he’s love to do if given the opportunity!

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Curtain Up – What’s new in the world of theatre?

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Jim Lichtscheidl and Mark Rylance. Photo Credit Teddy Woolf

When mass media batters you relentlessly with depressing news it’s important to have some counter-points to cheer yourself up. For some it might be sport or showbiz gossip – for us, unsurprisingly, new theatre news never fails to excite. Here’s some of our favourite info from the past week! Continue reading

Fracked @ The Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Michael-Simkins-in-FRACKED-at-Chichester-Festival-Theatre-Photo-by-Catherine-Ashmore_061While we can lay claim to a lot of things here at Sitting In The Cheap Seats we’ve not, as yet, mastered the act of being in two places at once. As such it was a case of divide and conquer on Friday night as Matt headed to London to see The Fix (review here) while Emma van Kooperen braved the massed Pokemon trainers of Chichester to head to the Minerva Theatre, Here’s her report… Continue reading

The Fix @ The Union Theatre

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credit: Darren Bell

There are times when theatre can seem almost too prescient, where a show can offer a glimpse into a possible future that seems a little too real. There are moments in Michael Strassen’s production of The Fix that make you wonder just how much we are manipulated by the public view of politicians, and just how much they are all hiding. Continue reading

The Two Gentlemen Of Verona @ New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona in it’s natural outdoor setting

Shakespeare’s early plays are often problematic, with the bawdier comedies such as The Comedy of Errors the faults are hidden within some gloriously silly slapstick, but in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (quite possibly the first play in Will’s canon) the flaws are writ large. Nonetheless Shakespeare’s Globe’s gloriously silly touring production makes for a largely enjoyable evening. Continue reading

The Truth @ Wyndham’s Theatre

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Florian Zeller’s name is fast becoming a byword for gripping, fascinating and often brilliantly funny theatre. Productions of The Mother and The Father have racked up critical raves and when The Truth opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory it was greeted with equal fervour.

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Macbeth @ Shakespeare’s Globe

tumblr_inline_o9a2klSlSK1rgiv1h_500Like most of Shakespeare’s tragedies Macbeth works best when viewed on the strength of the relationships between its characters. Sure the blood and guts murders are ways to get bum on seats but even with a literal thunderstorm overhead foreshadowing the tumultuous effects of Macbeth’s actions it all boils down to a marriage made strong by the pursuit of power. Continue reading

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